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Front Range Biosciences to Send Hemp, Coffee Tissue Culture Samples to Space to Study Effects of Microgravity

14 Feb 2020, 13:41 UTC
Front Range Biosciences to Send Hemp, Coffee Tissue Culture Samples to Space to Study Effects of Microgravity
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. (FRB PR) — Front Range Biosciences® (“FRB”), an agricultural technology company focused on breeding and nursery production of new plant varieties and seeds for the hemp and coffee industries, has announced their partnership with SpaceCells USA Inc. and BioServe Space Technologies at the University of Colorado, Boulder to send hemp and coffee tissue culture to space. The mission will transport plant cultures to space to examine zero gravity’s effects on the plants’ metabolic pathways.

The experiment, being targeted for transportation to the space station aboard the SpaceX CRS-20 cargo flight scheduled for March 2020, will look at how plant cells undergo gene expression changes or genetic mutations while in space.

Front Range Biosciences is providing the plant cultures, while SpaceCells will provide expertise, management and funding for the project. BioServe has flight qualified hardware to house the plant cultures and facilities on board the International Space Station (ISS) to maintain the cultures under controlled conditions.

BioServe will manifest and integrate the experiment and will work with the NASA astronauts to transfer experiment hardware to BioServe’s incubator on board ISS and execute the experiment.

Up to 480 plant cell cultures will reside in a space-made incubator that ...

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